Nexus 7 2013 Gets Android 4.3 JSS15Q Update, Addresses GPS and Multitouch Bugs

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The Nexus 7 2013 is the latest 7-inch tablet co-developed by Google and ASUS, which debuted last month synchronized with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Since it’s a new product the Nexus 7 2013 is affected by a few bugs like odd touchscreen and GPS module behaviors. Fortunately, Google recently rolled out the Android 4.3 JSS15Q firmware update for the Nexus 7 2013, which comes to address the two aforementioned bugs and to bring a couple of other fixes.

Some users in the Google product forums have signaled that their Nexus 7 2013 terminals have received a notification indicating that the JSS15Q software update is available for download.The users of the same forums were also the ones to report the multitouch issues (like pinch-to-zoom problems and double touch behavior) and the GPS flaw (the tablet was losing the GPS lock after prolonged use or switching between multiple GPS-enabled apps).

It seems though that the recently launched software update for the Nexus 7 2013 will fix both the multitouch and GPS bugs. The new firmware will upgrade the build number to JSS15Q, but the version is still labeled as Android 4.3, thus we are talking about a minor update, rather than Android 4.3.1 Jelly Bean.

As usual, the Android 4.3 JSS15Q update for Nexus 7 2013 is rolling out in phases, so if you haven’t received the software update notification yet, you have to wait a couple of days more. Of course, you can check for the update yourself by navigating to Settings > About Device > Software Update, then hitting the Check for updates button.

The XDA forum members have reported that the Nexus 7 2013 devices that were rooted using SuperSU have some issues towards the end of the update. Fortunately, the XDA community has developed a fix for that which can be found here.

For the time being there are no details about the other fixes brought by the JSS15Q update, but we promise to return with new information as soon as it hits the web.

The Nexus 7 2013 is underpinned by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset (the same on Nexus 4) with quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait CPU and Adreno 320 GPU, while sporting 2 GB of RAM and 16/32 GB of internal storage. The tablet comes with a 7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD display with an impressive resolution of 1200 x 1920 pixels, making it highest pixel density screen ever fitted on a tablet. The primary camera unit of the 7 incher has a 5 megapixel sensor with full HD video recording capabilities, while the user-facing camera has a 1.2 megapixel sensor.

The connectivity features of the Nexus 7 include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, NFC support, and microUSB 2.0. There’s also a LTE-enabled Nexus 7 variant, but it is not yet available for purchase in Google Play Store.

Have you received the Android 4.3 JSS15Q update on your Nexus 7 2013? Please let us know in the comments section below.

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  • sockey

    I have not received the update and when I try to update manually it says I am up to date. I am on JSS15J.

  • fra77

    i Live here in the U.S and i have already gotten the update. I never had problems with my GPS but it did mess up my youtube. Now if i rotate my tablet when playing video, their is a glitch.

  • Ker

    Just received the JSS15Q update and I am currently testing my nexus 7. Before update, google maps is having a hard time fixing my location (location point keeps on moving around 50 meters proximity, which I find really wierd as I am stationary). This probably has something to do with GPS locking. After the update, this was the first thing I tested and I eventually got a lock-on. Will be testing this while I’m on travel within the next few days, hoping no more bugs will come out.

  • Nick

    No update yet. Weird thing is, I live in the Philippines and GPS is pointing that I’m in Hongkong..I hope the new OTA will fix the issue. (*cross fingers*)